Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A playlist for April

Welcome to my second monthly playlist. This month doesn't have a specific theme, just a collection of tunes that are providing a dreamy soundtrack to my spring drawing and wandering. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The monoprints of Harry Bertoia

I have recently been bewitched by the monoprints of Harry Bertoia. Born in Italy in 1915, Bertoia moved to the USA in his teens. He worked as a jewellery and furniture designer and sculptor and is best known for his sound sculptures made in the 1970's. These constructions varied in shape, thickness and length which made varying sounds and together created a Sonambient, a visual and sonic environment. All of his three dimensional works began life as drawings, leading him to develop his own mono-printing technique. I find these prints very powerful, to me they have the haunting quality of dream landscapes or visual soundscapes.

Monday, 17 March 2014

50 Classic Covers for Penguin India

I was recently commissioned by Penguin India to illustrate 50 cover for their new cover series. I used imagery from the books to create playful, pattern based images. Here is sneak preview of a few.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Monthly playlist: International Women's Day

I'm very happy to announce a series of monthly playlists that I will be posting on here, featuring music the soundtrack to my drawings and wanderings. To mark International Women's Day, this first one features some of my very favourite female artists. Enjoy.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Some recent botanical work

I am delighted to be leading the Botanical Illustration class at Core Arts in Hackney for the next few weeks. I've dug out some work I did last time I was there.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Toshiyuki Fukada

My good friend Sara Melin of The Poundshop fame bought me some lovely goodies back from their recent jaunt to Japan including some postcards by Japanese illustrator Toshiyuki Fukada. Whilst his work is sweet and playful I like how there is a strange dreaminess to it. I'm particularly struck by his repeat pattern of polar bears morphing into plants and each other. Just my sort of thing.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Large scale illustrations for Kelloggs Special K

I recently worked with Leo Burnett, Chicago to create an illustration for application to an airstream trailer for Kelloggs Special K Nourish TV spots. I created an organic design based on the ingredients in Kelloggs Nourish Porridge.

Friday, 29 November 2013

The Alice Stevenson Super Sale

To say a big thank you for all your support I am offering a 30% off sale on ALL my cards and prints up until the 13th of December from my online shop. Please enter this code when making a purchase STEVIESALEBLOG.
Also featuring my 2013 Christmas Card, which features the Stevenson family's much loved, 12 year-old patterdale terrier. Available here.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Bethlehem by Carol Ann Duffy

I was delighted to be commissioned by Picador to illustrate Bethlehem, poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy's evocative take on the Nativity story. Available now from your local, independent bookshop.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Night woods

I created this repeat pattern inspired by hilly, Californian woods at night time.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Illustrated packaging for Tesco finest* tea

I have created a series of illustrated packaging for Tesco finest* new range of speciality teas featuringsome traditional and not-so-traditional flavours!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Fredrik Soderberg

I'm currently being mesmerised by the paintings of swedish artist, Frederick Soderberg. They explore art's connections with the occult world and are very pretty! Enjoy.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Art Week at Blossom House School

I was delighted to be invited to paint a mural at Blossom House School's art week this July. Blossom House is a junior and secondary school for children with speech, language and communication difficulties and every summer an artist is invited in to paint a mural on the school grounds in collaboration with the students. My job was to create a mural on the wall of the school's new playing fields on the theme of an orchard (the playing fields former incarnation). I created an abstract pattern inspired by shapes and the seeds of orchard fruits with repeated patterned areas depicting seed and blossom shapes. I delegated different areas to be completed by groups of students and the result was an exciting and vibrant space. Thank you so much to head art teacher Tom Richards for inviting me to be involved.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

New patterns and illustration inspired by woods, seaweed and pines

I've started playing around with ideas for new illustrations and repeat patterns inspired by my sketchbook drawings of seaweed and pine trees.